Sunday, February 7, 2016

Penn State (No. 15) passes Michigan State and Wisconsin in coaches' poll

Penn State jumped four spots to No. 15 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll released Sunday after its 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday.

Penn State (No. 15) passes Michigan State and Wisconsin in coaches' poll

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Penn State, which squeaked out a 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, jumped four spots to No. 15 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll released Sunday.

The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten), the lone team undefeated in Big Ten play, are now ranked higher than Michigan State (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 17) in the coaches' poll. Nebraska is No. 9 and Michigan is No. 13.

Penn State also checked in at No. 16, five spots higher than last week, in the AP poll that was released Sunday.

Four other Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP Top 25: Nebraska (No. 9), Michigan (No. 13), Michigan State (No. 15) and Wisconsin (No. 19). 

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The BCS standings will be released Sunday night. Penn State was No. 19 in last week's standings.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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